River rescue, 4 youths pulled from Vermilion River
Four juveniles, wading in the Vermilion River near the Forest Glen Preserve over the weekend, were swept off their feet by the swift current. All four were rescued after a three-hour episode.
The Vermilion County Sheriff’s department responded. Reports indicated the youths were in the river clinging to tree roots.
Officers from the Sheriff’s Department, the Dive Team/Swift Water Rescue Unit, All-Terrain Search and Rescue Unit, and Conservation officers were all dispatched. Three of the juveniles managed to safely get to the other side of the river.
A fourth juvenile was discovered a mile and a half downstream, still in the water clinging to a tree. All four of the juveniles were recovered safely, and suffered only minor scrapes and bruises.
The Indiana Farm Bureau is sponsoring a gubernatorial forum for the candidates looking to become the next Indiana governor. Agricultural issues will be up for discussion during the forum next Tuesday, August 30, in Brownsburg (IN).
Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Democratic candidate John Gregg and Libertarian Rex Bell are all scheduled to participate. It’s at a farm near Indianapolis. . The event find the three candidates taking questions separately for a half hour each.
September 1 is the start-up enrollment period for the program offering area senior citizens and the disabled some help in paying their winter heating bills.
The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance) Program and PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) are funded as part of the stopgap funding plan signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.
LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households that qualify.
The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency on North Vermilion Street in Danville is one of the locations where applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting September 1st, 2016. There’s also a local office in Gilman to serve Iroquois County.
The offices have information about the income requirements that have to be met.
• Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30 days leading up to applying; • A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly); • A copy of their rental agreement if they are renting, showing that utilities are included; • Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members; • Proof that their household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled, or other benefits such as Medical Eligibility or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
The new school year means additional pedestrian and vehicle traffic in-and-around school zones. Police are reminding motorists about the need to be aware of excited children as the new year gets started.
There’s always the need to advise drivers about decreased speeds in school zones and the school bus law, regarding stops for loading and unloading passengers.
Police say motorists need to be on the lookout for children walking or riding their bikes to school, as well as ones who might dart from between parked cars. Allow extra time for the increased traffic in school zones during the morning or afternoon commute.
Motorists are reminded they are required to reduce their speed in school zones to a maximum of 20 miles-per-hour. The reduced speed limit is in effect from 7 am thru 4 pm on school days when children are present. It’s also illegal to use electronic devices, including cell phones, when traveling through Illinois school zones.
And that school bus law requires motorists to stop when amber lights are flashing. Motorists who pass a stopped school bus which has its stop lights activated and loading/unloading arm extended could be fined $150 and have their driver’s license suspended for three months.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation honored its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees Saturday. Included is long-time Iroquois County 4-H supporter Nita Dubble.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation celebrated at the Illinois State Fair.
Nita Dubble is recognized for her 30 plus years working with youth and 4-H. Her early years in the program was as a 4-Her with the Sheldon Square Shooters 4-H Club.
Dubble is also Superintendent of the Swine Barn at the Iroquois County Fair, has served on the Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation, organized the Federation Pork Chop Dinner Fundraiser and served the Ford-Iroquois 4-H Youth Council.